Let’s take a look at each team and who currently leads the team in scoring, and a prediction of who will finish as the leading scorer for each respective team.
Current Leader: Pavel Bure/Todd Bertuzzi/Benoit Hogue – 11 Points
Projected Leader: Pavel Bure. Weight and Shanahan both play with Bure, and both are very very good players as well, but Bure is the best pure offensive player on Chicago and will lead the team in scoring.
Current Leader: Mario Lemieux – 24 points
Projected Leader: Mario Lemieux. St. Louis is stacked with many great forwards, but no one can touch Super Mario. He’ll lead his club to a playoff berth and potentially a division title.
Current Leader: Jamie Langenbrunner – 24 points
Projected Leader: Jamie Langenbrunner. My one fear in predicting Jamie here is that he’s playing 2nd line minutes, and 2nd power play. Will he get bumped up to Line 1 and PP 1? I’d have to think so at the rate he’s producing.
Current Leader: Russ Courtnall – 11 points
Projected Leader: Geoff Sanderson. Courtnall isn’t going to get as many minutes as Sanderson, and Sanderson is just the better player overall, so eventually he’ll kick it into high gear and start producing at a better rate.
Current Leader: Martin St. Louis – 10 points
Projected Leader: Pavol Demitra. This one was tough as a lot of the Nords forwards are around the same point total. St. Louis could certainly lead the group, but I’m going to take the center in Demitra who will keep feeding St. Louis and pick up some solo points on his own.
Current Leader: Trevor Linden/Tony Granato – 11 points
Projected Leader: Trevor Linden. 1st Line Center. 1st PP Unit. Best forward on the team. Linden will emerge as the point leader.
Current Leader: Brian Leetch – 12 points
Projected Leader: Patrik Elias. Elias is only a point behind Leetch, and he’ll continue to get as much ice time as possible, which will lead to a point outburst.
Current Leader: Jason Arnott – 14 points
Projected Leader: Jason Arnott. Arnott was a beast for the Jets last year, and his play is not slowing down. He may only get 2nd line time and 2nd PP time, but he produces at a high rate nonetheless.
Current Leader: Pierre Turgeon – 25 points
Projected Leader: Pierre Turgeon. Leads the league in points. Having a monstrous start to the season. Hard to go against Pierre at this point.
Current Leader: Dimirti Khristich/Mats Sundin – 11 points
Projected Leader: Jaromir Jagr. Jagr is two points back right now, but he’ll show the league why he’s a threat every shift and start tallying up the points.
Current Leader: Andrew Cassels – 20 points
Projected Leader: Sergei Fedorov. Fed is only 1 point back, has incredible line mates, and plays more time than Cassels. Fed will eventually overtake the top spot of the Whalers.
Current Leader: Tony Amonte – 10 points
Projected Leader: Marc Savard. Savard was an absolute monster last season, and I think he’ll want to keep that momentum going this season and he’ll start racking up the points and leaving Amonte in the dust.
Current Leader: Alexander Mogilny – 15 points
Projected Leader: Alexander Mogilny. The most talented forward on the Sens. The goal scoring machine will be firing on all cylinders all season long.
New York Rangers:
Current Leader: Pat Elynuik – 10 points.
Projected Leader: Wayne Gretzky. Until the Hall of Famer shows he can’t play, I’m not picking against him.
Current Leader: Mark Recchi – 17 points
Projected Leader: Mark Recchi. Does it matter? Team has Modano, Recchi, Francis, Muller, Messier, Fleury. How can you predict who wins the scoring race when it’s top 9 are loaded to the max.
Current Leader: Vincent Damphousse – 14 points
Projected Leader: Vincent Damphousse. I was leaning Yashin, but how Doan has 13 points and Yashin has 6 points and they play together is beyond me. Is Yashin just not producing because Doan is taking away from Yashin’s game? I don’t know. I’ll stick with Vinny to lead the team in scoring.
Current Leader: Brian Bellows – 10 points
Projected Leader: Joe Sakic. Sakic is the best player in Minnesota, and will show why when he gets his game going.
Current Leader: Anson Carter – 10 points
Projected Leader: Anson Carter. Sharks have been grooming Carter for quite some time now, and I think this will be his coming out party. Carter will lead the Sharks and be a staple for this organization for a long time.